So far this year, I've been cooking with more winter squash than I ever have before. (Honestly, I blame two small kids who love orange vegetables and will happily gobble up squashes of every kind roasted, puréed, or folded into soup.)
Frozen butternut squash has always been a staple in our house, but whole squashes are cheaper per pound right now and have the added benefit of giving us their seeds for snacking. More than a cleaver, one tool has made the arduous task of breaking down hard winter squash even easier: one of my favorite peelers. Here's everything you need to know about it.
A Serrated Peeler Is Best for Hard Winter Squash
A serrated peeler has tiny, shark-sharp teeth that grip the tough skin of winter squash easily. Personally, I'm partial to the Victorinox Swiss Army Peeler in particular because it has a super-sharp blade and thin, compact body that makes getting it in between the ridges of an acorn squash easy.
I've also used an OXO serrated peeler, which has a nice big handle and cushioned grip for easy maneuvering.
A serrated peeler isn't just for winter squash, though — it makes fast work of apples and potatoes, and even cleanly removes the tender skin of ripe tomatoes for puréeing in the summer. Every kitchen should have one.
Read more: How To Cut and Peel a Butternut Squash
Make Peeling Easier
Cutting your squash in half with a large knife will make peeling easier, as you can safely grip each half and peel it. But if you run into a very tough-skinned squash, a few minutes in the microwave will soften and loosen the skin and make peeling even easier.
Read more: 5 Smart Tips for Cutting Tough Winter Squash